My friend Al and I got a new spot to hunt less than a month ago. We went out and scouted it and hung some stands in likely spots. Saturday was opening day for Tennessee gun and Al, his son and I went out to our new area and set up in three different spots. This was his boy's first sit alone, ever, for deer. The morning was cool, not cold, at 40*, but very still and a little fog developed as the sky first started to brighten.
In my stand for about 30 mins in the dark and seeing the first glow begin to develop in the eastern sky. A shot nearby, made me jump. I couldn't tell if it was Al or his son, but it was surely one of them. A couple hours later we met up and Al's son had gotten his first deer ever, a mature doe. Shot at about 50-60 yards, he was sitting in a 16' ladder stand and shooting a scoped .243 BLR with 95gr Ballistic tips, it dropped in it's tracks to the shot. To say we had a happy hunting party would be a huge understatement. I just couldn't tell who was happier, Al or his boy. The shot was at 6:05 with a legal shooting time of 6:03. What a great way to start the season.
There is little better, in our sport, than to see a young person who has had success for the first time! It's truly what hunting is all about.